"We Worked Hard, But Now We Are Ignored" - Keshi's Backroom Staff Cry Out

Super Eagles backroom staff are disappointed coach Stephen Keshi has not fought for them after they missed out on the government's largesse.

"We Worked Hard, But Now We Are Ignored" - Keshi's Backroom Staff Cry Out

Keshi, his assistant coaches and players were rewarded by Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan with national honours and plots of land in Abuja for winning the 2013 AFCON.

But the backroom staff like equipment manager, security and medical staff attached to the team were only given N2m each.

The Eagles were in Delta this week for special victory reception by the state government without most of these shattered backroom staff.

One of the backroom staff told MTNFootball.com, "We worked hard for this team, but when it came to reaping the reward of our hard work, we were virtually left out.

"Keshi has still not deemed it fit to make it known to the Presidency that he did not win this trophy only with his coaches and players, but some of us who had to work round the clock to ensure everything was in place for the team.

"Do you know that in 2005, when Samson Siasia led Nigeria to win the AYC, his backroom staff were left out by the government, but he was prompt to point out this omission to President Olusegun Obasanjo and they were each given N500,000, just like other members of the squad?"

Another backroom staff added, "This was a person who was known to fight for others when he was skipper of the national team. That was why he got the nickname 'Big Boss'. But this is not the case now.

"If anybody could convince the President to consider us, that person would be Keshi because he now has direct access to Jonathan."

President-General of the Nigerian Supporters Club Rafiu Ladipo received a standing ovation on Wednesday when he pointed out that the Eagles backroom staff were overlooked by President Jonathan.

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